Barbara Jean McNair (March 4, 1934 – February 4, 2007) was an American singer and theater, television and film actress. McNair's career spanned over five decades appearing in television, film and stage. McNair's professional career began in music during the late 1950s, singing in the nightclub circuit. In 1958, McNair released her debut single "Till There Was You" from Coral Records which was a commercial success. McNair performed all across the world, touring with Nat King Cole and later appearing in his Broadway stage shows I'm with You and The Merry World of Nat King Cole in the early 1960s. By the 1970s, McNair gradually changed over to acting in films and television; she played Sidney Poitier's wife in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) and its sequel, The Organization (1971). In her later years, McNair returned to performing in nightclubs and on cruise ships. McNair died from throat cancer on February 4, 2007 at age 72.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 4th, 1934 (Chicago), Died February 4th, 2007 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957 - 1959
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||103670||11/14/1957||Till there was you||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104504||3/4/1958||He's got the whole world in His hands||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104505||3/4/1958||A lover's prayer||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104506||3/4/1958||Flipped over you||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104905||4/30/1958||My heart belongs to Daddy||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104906||4/30/1958||Hello young lovers||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104907||4/30/1958||Old devil moon||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104908||4/30/1958||Alone together||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104909||4/30/1958||Always true to you in my fashion||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104910||5/1/1958||The party's over||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104911||5/1/1958||Whatever Lola wants||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104912||5/1/1958||Steam heat||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104913||5/1/1958||If I were a bell||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104914||5/1/1958||And this is my beloved||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104915||5/1/1958||Love is a simple thing||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104916||5/1/1958||I've got a crush on you||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104977||5/14/1958||Waltz me around||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104979||5/14/1958||See if I care||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||104980||5/14/1958||Too late the Spring||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||106154||11/25/1958||I feel a feeling||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||106155||11/25/1958||Goin' steady with the moon||Barbara McNair||vocalist|
|Decca||106679||2/25/1959||Telephone conversation||Barbara McNair ; Billy Williams||vocalist|
|Decca||106680||2/25/1959||Go to sleep, go to sleep||Barbara McNair ; Billy Williams||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McNair, Barbara," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330839.
McNair, Barbara. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330839.
"McNair, Barbara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.
DAHR Persistent Identifier
Send the Editors a message about this record.